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Firstly let me apologise for the lack of communication around the changes to the play area. The constraints due to the pandemic’s 2 lockdowns and Tier 2 restrictions meant that I was couldn’t visit the village and was therefore unable to talk to anyone other than Westward residents.

We had to remove the equipment for health and safety reasons – this was paramount. I appreciate that other people in the neighbourhood used the park and would like a say in what happened next but it is only Westward residents who pay a service charge towards the upkeep and maintenance of the area. We get no financial support from either the parish or district council. Quotes for replacing the equipment came in at over £40K.

Due to the Tier 2 restrictions we didn’t expect the work to take place until the new year so were very surprised at being told on Wednesday 2 December that work would begin the following Monday. I have spoken to everyone who contacted me to say they had been affected by the works and hope I have put their minds at ease.

The area will have 3 small and one large raised planters for community use and in the new year seating and benches will be also be provided. As it is Westward’s land we take full responsibility for the grass cutting and grounds maintenance and we will continue to do so.

Hopefully the restrictions in Devon will be lifted early in the new year and I will be able to talk to everyone face to face.

In the meantime, if you would like to talk to me about any of this I can be contacted via email or by phone 0300 100 1010

Terry Leech
Involvement Officer


Announced on Thursday 26th November, the whole of Devon is to go into Tier 2. Here are the details as released at the time.

Tier 2: High alert

This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.

In tier 2:

  • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
  • pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
  • hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
    *provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol
    *close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport *services and motorway service areas are exempt)
    *stop taking orders after 10pm
  • hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm
  • public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stonesettings.
  • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing
  • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
  • if you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey
  • for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

Exemptions from gatherings limits in all tiers

  • as part of a single household, or a support bubble
  • for work or providing voluntary or charitable services, including in other people’s homes
  • for childcare, education or training – meaning education and training provided as part of a formal curriculum
  • for supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care (before and after-school childcare), groups and activities for under 18s, and children’s playgroups
  • for formal support groups, and parent and child groups – up to 15 people aged 5 and older
  • to allow contact between birth parents and children in care, as well as between siblings in care for arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians
  • for prospective adopting parents to meet a child or children who may be placed with them
  • for birth partners
  • to attend a funeral – with no more than 30 people present – or a commemorative event such as a wake for someone who has died – with no more than 15 people present
  • to see someone who is terminally ill or at the end of life
  • to attend a wedding or civil partnership – with no more than 15 people present
  • to provide emergency assistance
  • to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm
  • to fulfil a legal obligation, such as attending court or jury service
  • to provide care or assistance to someone vulnerable or to provide respite for a carer to facilitate moving home

Published 23 November 2020



Stay at home if you have coronavirus Covid-19 symptoms.

  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you'll need to stay at home for 10days
  • if you live with someone who has symptoms, you'll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of taste and smell
  • diarrhea


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • try to avoid contact with handles, hand rails etc that can be used be others


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • do not go to your GP, hospital etc if you have symptoms

Offical Covid-19 links


Shebbear Village School gate with our rainbow of thanks to all key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic


So many people have spent much time knitting this colourful rainbow of thanks to all the key workers who have helped keep the country going and helping in any way they can, be it retail workers, ICU specialists, refuse collectors, posties or whatever,your role we thank you.


Following the latest Government announcement, unfortunately we will remain closed until we are moved into Tier 1.

We are predominently a wet sales pub rather than a restaurant that allows customers to have alcohol with a substantial meal.

We look forward to opening once again just as soon as we are in Tier 1 and thank all of our valued cusomers for your continued support.

Steve, Chris & Murphy


The Village Hall Committee is aware of the sudden removal of the play area at Barn Close today, and we thought it might be helpful to give a little more information about the play area at the hall.

The Shebbear Village Hall and Playing Field Committee is a registered charity that maintains the hall for the benefit of the community.

As a charity, we simply don't have funds available to us to provide a direct replacement for the equipment for younger children that has just been removed. Particularly as we have just completed a major refurbishment of the toilets, and seen our income from bookings massively reduced this year due to Coronavirus.

The best way to protect or enhance the play area at the village hall is to get involved! Our Committee of volunteers needs new members to help with the day to day running of the hall as well as fundraising events (when we can hold them).

The playing field is a designated night landing site for Devon Air Ambulance, and is also used by the school for sports lessons and clubs.

If you would like to join the Committee then please contact Lucy or Marie in the New Year and we can give you more details about what is involved.

VH Committee


The Parish Council have launched a new website, dedicated to the work of the council. It informs the public of their work and provides advance agendas and subsequent minutes of meetings.


Due to Covid 19 we have not had all of our regular contributions so are very short of content. Please if you can provide an article of 500 words or more we would be very grateful. Some ideas could be your experience of moving to Shebbear, what hobbies you have such as Bee Keeping etc or how Covid19 has changed your work and/ or home life.. These are just a few ideas but we would consider anything you send.

If you have an article or require any further information please contact Mike Darby at articles are welcome at any time, but the next deadline is January 15th for February.
Thank you

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Last updated: 3rd January 2021
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